All About Green Plumbing

There are a lot of ways to get your home “Green” and save you some money also. Let us begin with the toilet.

On your current toilet let us begin with a flow test. You can do that by taking off the toilet lid and add a couple drops of food coloring to the tank. Wait a few minutes, don’t flush the toilet.

Do the food coloring test again. If you receive the bleach in the tank again the flush valve is leaking. To replace the flush valve is a bit more complicated. You’ll have to remove the toilet tank to replace the flush valve.

 

 

 

Water Heaters: Tank type. There are a couple of things you can do here to help. Begin with a timer. You can install one of those units where the electricity enters the heater. You can set the timer so that the unit turns off at night when you’re asleep and have it turn on an hour before you wake up.

You could even set it to turn off while in the office. Just do not forget that in the middle of the night you will still have hot water that’s still stored in the tank.

You can even drain the heater once a year to remove rust and other sediments from the bottom of the tank to help promote longer life of the water heater.

Drain the water heater all the way down. Disconnect the hose and turn the hose bib off. Turn the water back on to the water heater and fill the water heater up. Bleed the air from the machine by turning your bathtub on to the hot side and allow all of the air out until water flows freely.

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